PowerTel Builds With Nortel

SYDNEY -- Australian telecommunications carrier, PowerTel, has greatly enhanced the speed of its high-bandwidth services to customers in Australia, using innovative new technology from Nortel(1) (Toronto:NT.TO - News)(NYSE:NT - News). The ultra high-speed optical network - a 400 Gb long- haul and metro solution which was completed ahead of schedule - further boosts PowerTel's competitive advantage as it rolls out new services and simplifies operations.

The newly deployed optical network will consolidate PowerTel's east coast infrastructure between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Based on Nortel's innovative Common Photonic Layer (CPL) technology, PowerTel will now be able to provide customers with a service-agnostic platform to deliver large bandwidth, mission-critical applications across its inter- capital and metro ring network. The CPL solution delivers optical network intelligence through software monitoring and self optimization, providing PowerTel's customers with continuous and reliable services.

"As a rapidly growing service provider we needed to simplify and improve our network infrastructure to meet the demands of high-speed, high- bandwidth services," says Paul Broad, managing director, PowerTel. "Nortel provided a combination of future-proof technology and services that gave us a turnkey solution from planning to final implementation," says Broad. "The new network sets us apart from other carriers with its high levels of speed and capacity."

PowerTel Ltd. (Australia: PWT)

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